ACTION ALERT — Tell the FDA That Regulating LDTs as Devices is a Bad Idea

Posted July 16, 2014
Laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) are diagnostic tests developed and performed by local labs. They are widely used—thousands of different LDTs are available—and include genetic tests, tests for rare conditions, and companion diagnostics. LDTs are vital tools for personalized medicine because labs can even create custom diagnostic tests.  Other diagnostic tests—in vitro diagnostic (IVD) test kits—are regulated by the FDA as “devices.” Commonly, these are products containing all or most of the components needed to perform a test, which are then packaged and commercially distributed. The FDA is considering whether to regulate LDTs the same way, which would mean each test would have an evidentiary mountain to climb—difficult when tests are custom-designed for one particular patient!  Read more and TAKE ACTION to tell the FDA that laboratory-developed tests should not be regulated as devices!

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States with Fracking See Surge in Earthquake Activity

Posted July 23, 2014
 States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.  Read more.

7 Ways Probiotics DETOXIFY Your Body

Posted July 23, 2014
You’ve probably heard the buzz already about the many health benefits of probiotics, a word which literally translates to: pro- “for” + biotics “life” — FOR LIFE.  But did you know that these remarkable commensal microorganisms, which outnumber our bodily cells 10 to 1, and contribute over 95% of our body’s total genetic information, also break down highly toxic manmade chemicals which your body is either incapable, or only partially capable, of defending itself from?  Read more.

21 Amazing Benefits of Eating Wheatgrass

Posted July 23, 2014
Wheatgrass and wheatgrass juice are excellent ways to get   dark greens in the diet. Pound for pound, wheatgrass is more than   twenty times denser in nutrients than other choice vegetables. Nutritionally, wheatgrass is a complete food that contains 98 of the 102 earth elements.  Wheatgrass is available in many forms, including tablets, capsules,   liquid extracts and tinctures. Wheatgrass is often used for juicing or   added to smoothies or tea. You can even buy wheatgrass seeds or kits to   grow your own wheatgrass at home. Many food facilities offer the option of  purchasing organic gluten-free wheatgrass either grown aeroponically (bacteria and fungus free) or grown organically outdoors.  Read more.

The Toxicity of Dryer Sheets, Fabric Softeners, and Laundry Detergents

Posted July 23, 2014
Health conscious people have a tendency to overlook the hazards in their cleaning materials, and manufacturers are not required to accurately list the ingredients of such products. Manufacturers simply do not mention ingredients that they think customers would disapprove of. In other cases, they use vague terms like “brightener”, instead of listing the standard chemical names.  Read more.

Guys: Your Cellphone is Hurting Your Sperm

Posted July 23, 2014
Four in 10 US homes are cell-phone only, meaning they’ve ditched their landlines entirely.1 This is twice the rate in 2009, and a sign of just how integrated cell-phone use is in our culture.  Among certain demographics, the reliance on cell phones as the only household phone is even higher. For instance, more than 65 percent of adults aged 25-29 live in households with only cell phones, along with nearly 60 percent of 30- to 34-year-olds.  The convenience comes at a price, however, especially if you’re planning to have children, or already have them.  Read more. 

Michelle Obama Teaming up with Monsanto to Promote Children’s Food

Posted July 23, 2014
The popular agriculture company Monsanto is partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama to promote nutritional foods for kids. According to reports from the Associated Press, Monsanto will spend $50 million over five years on a campaign to market ‘healthy’ genetically modified food to children. The agrochemical company will also bring its food offerings for kids in line with the new federal standards for labeling and nutrition.  Read more. 

‘Frankenfish’ Threatens to Wipe Out Wild Salmon Population

Posted July 23, 2014
 Proponents of GMOs prefer that you call it “genetically modified salmon.” Opponents of GMOs– including natural health advocates, organic food growers, animal welfare groups, environmentalists, commercial fishermen, restaurateurs and chefs – have settled on a name of their own: “Frankenfish.”  But, by whatever name you call it, AquAdvantage salmon may soon be available in some stores. The FDA, scheduled to finalize its assessment of the genetically modified fish, may be nearing a ruling – almost two decades after AquaBounty Technologies, the developer of the fish, initially sought approval in 1996.  Read more. 

Drinking Coffee Dramatically Cuts Suicide and Depression Risk

Posted July 23, 2014
 In the song “9 to 5,” from the 1980 movie of the same name, singer Dolly Parton refers to coffee as a “cup of ambition.” Now, emerging research indicates that coffee’s potential benefits extend far beyond increasing motivation; according to one study, coffee may even help prevent suicide.   Read more. 

4 Important Questions to Ask Vendors at Your Local Farmer’s Market

Posted July 23, 2014
Not all food at farmer’s markets is organic, pesticide free, or even local.  Some of the food is hauled in from afar and may still be lathered in toxic pesticides, or be derived from transgenic seeds.  Read more.

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